What Are the Size-Criteria for a Boat to Be Coast Guard Documented?

In order for a boat to be Coast Guard documented, it must measure at least 5 net tons and must be wholly owned by a citizen of the U.S. Net tonnage is a measure of a vessel's volume and should not be confused with the vessel's weight, which may also be expressed in tons. Most vessels more than 25 feet in length will measure 5 net tons or more.

A vessel must measure at least 5 net tons and must be wholly owned by a citizen of the U.S. Net tonnage is a measure of a vessel's volume and should not be confused with the vessel's weight, which may also be expressed in tons. Most vessels more than 25 feet in length will measure 5 net tons or more.

Vessels of more than 25 feet are likely to measure 5 net tons or more under the Simplified Measurement System, although, they may measure less than 5 net tons if formally measured. For information about how tonnages are determined, including the simplified measurement form that calculates tonnages, click HERE.

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